Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra had to change wedding venue due to 'security reasons'
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' wedding celebrations will begin on November 29 and will culminate on December 2 in the Indian city of Jodhpur
Priyanka Chopra seems all set for her fairytale wedding to Nick Jonas which is scheduled to take place in an actual palace over the next few days. It would have been the perfect wedding if not for the local elections in the state of Rajasthan in India, where the wedding venue is located, which forced the couple to change the venue of an important ceremony. Sources told MEAWW that the police refused to offer protection to the guests as they moved across the city for an event.
Indian weddings are elaborate affairs with ceremonies spread over many days, and Priyanka and Nick's is no exception. Apart from the main wedding ceremony (two in case of the power couple: one Hindu, one Christian), there are various various ceremonies that precede and follow the wedding.
The main events are the "mehendi" ceremony ( a pre-wedding Hindu ceremony where red-orange henna is applied to the bride), the "sangeet" ceremony ( where the bride and groom's camp put their best foot forward on the dance floor) and the "haldi" ceremony (where turmeric is applied to the bride and groom before their wedding).
All these ceremonies are now slated to take place at the wedding venue of Umaid Bhavan Palace in Jodhpur.
But that is not what the couple had initially planned, with the sangeet ceremony on November 29 supposed to take place in Mehrangarh Fort, six km away from the main wedding venue of Umaid Bhavan Palace.
Built in 1460, Mehrangarh is one of the largest forts in India and overlooks the city of Jodhpur, being situated at 410 feet (125 m) above the city, to which it is connected by a winding road.
What better way to dazzle the locals but to move the party around.
Priyanka sought police protection to travel from Umaid Bhawan Palace to Mehrangarh Fort and she even hired a private security agency for the same, sources told MEAWW.
Nothing less than a Bollywood spectacle was expected at Mehrangarh Fort but Jodhpur police played party poopers and refused to provide protection to the travelling revelers, citing the upcoming elections in the state. The Mehrangarh Fort had been booked for the festivities but, after police refused permission, the fort told MEAWW that the booking has been cancelled.
With the state legislative assembly elections in Rajasthan scheduled for December 7, just a few days after the grand wedding spectacle, it seems law enforcement didn't want to take any chances during election season which can get unruly and chaotic in India.
It is unfortunate that Priyanka and Nick's wedding got caught in the hussle of Indian elections and the couple was denied their perfect wedding. Nonetheless, we wish the lovebirds a happy married life ahead.